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State Republicans to meet again Tuesday to discuss replacing Collins

August 20, 2018 12:31 PM

News10NBC has learned state Republicans are meeting again Tuesday night at Batavia Downs to see how they can get past the "Chris Collins" problem.

They are trying to legally replace the congressman on the November ballot.

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Collins got out of the race for the 27th Congressional District more than a week ago after being charged with insider trading.

The party wanted to have a new candidate within 7 to 10 days -- Monday marks number nine.

To get Collins officially off the ballot, he would have to die, move out of state, or get nominated for another office.

Over the weekend, potential replacements met in Wyoming County with local Republicans.

"Given the issue of the day, which is filling this congressional seat, we want a candidate who can come forth with an honest and clean background," Ellen Grant, chair of the Wyoming County GOP, said. "We're probably going to end up narrowing down to a candidate then we'll have to see if we can actually get that candidate on the ballot."

Republicans say election law attorneys have assured them they can legally get Collins off the ballot if he works with them, but Democrats have threatened to sue to take the issue to court.

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